Netflix isn't accustomed to giving up on their original content with just about all of their offerings receiving at least two seasons. However, in a world first, the streaming giant has cancelled Baz Luhrmann's musical drama The Get Down after just one season.
There's no official word from Netflix regarding the cancellation, but in a revealing Facebook post from Luhrmann, the filmmaker explains why more episodes are "unlikely."
"I wanted to speak to you with an open heart and just acknowledge how humbled and moved that not only I, but all who have given so much to this production, have been by your passion and commitment to see the next chapter of The Get Down go back into production in the immediate future. I want to explain to you why that is unlikely to happen.
When I was asked to come to the centre of The Get Down to help realise it, I had to defer a film directing commitment for at least two years. This exclusivity has understandably become a sticking point for Netflix and Sony, who have been tremendous partners and supporters of the show. It kills me that I can't split myself into two and make myself available to both productions.
The simple truth is, I make movies. And the thing with movies is, that when you direct them, there can be nothing else in your life. Since The Get Down stopped, I have actually been spending the last few months preparing my new cinematic work."
Costing a whopping $10 million per episode, The Get Down was easily Netflix's most ambitious original series, perhaps even more so than the recently cancelled Marco Pollo. When the first six episodes were released last year, it came with a wealth of reports about the difficult production process. Some cast and crew even jested that the series should be called The Shut Down owing to the multitude of production problems.
Baz Luhrmann's trademark 'love it or leave it' style was all over The Get Down, and as Netflix don't release viewing figures, it was impossible to tell if the expensive series was resonating with its audiences. While there was no shortage of critical praise for the show, it didn't create the buzz that Netflix had expected.
Full disclosure, I've only seen the first three episodes of The Get Down, my reasoning for not sticking with it had nothing to do with the quality of the series, but everything to do with having too many other TV shows to watch. I hope the season one finale offers some measure of closure for its fans, and that the experience hasn't put Luhrmann off from the world of Television indefinitely.